Would I have canceled The Interview? And would you?

There are some days when I dream about being a big time Hollywood Studio Movie Producer. Yesterday was not one of them. Like most of the world, I’ve been watching this The Interview crisis like it was an act of terrorism . . . oh wait . . . it was. And like I do with just about everything that involves a leader faced with a big decision (but especially those that affect the entertainment industry), I asked myself, ‘What would I have done?’ (It’s a great game, by the way – and this exercise helps you define your leadership …

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How long should your preview period be?

One of the first things that Broadway Producers have to decide when a show gets green-lit is their schedule. I often work backwards.  When do I want the show to open?  Once I have that date, I count back the number of weeks of previews that I want.  Then I count back the number of weeks of rehearsal I want.  Then I count back the scenic build start date, the advertising campaign start date, the date I start double therapy sessions per week and so on. See how that works? But wait . . . those preview performances . . …

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Who will be The Broadway Producer of the Year 2014?

It’s that time of year, my friends! Before 2014 comes to a close, it is time for us to find out who, who, who is The Broadway Producer of the Year! And how do we decide?  Well, we let you vote, of course!  Duh! I’ve been holding this e-contest for six years now, with previous winners including Kevin McCollum, Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig.  But this year could be the tightest race yet! See, I always poll my fellow producer friends to come up with the list of the year’s nominees, and they had a super hard time keepin’ it to just five!  (One nominator …

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5 Tips from the latest Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar.

We had another super fun Saturday seminar this past weekend, with a room full of writers/producers/entrepreneurs from all over the city country world (we had a team from Venezuela!).  After hearing them pitch their projects and their problems, we came up with specific action items to help them get their show off the ground. We talked raising money, getting producers to your readings, and a heck of a lot more. As I always do, I’ve made a list of five of the takeaways from the seminar that I thought might apply to you and your projects. Use them as you see fit. Here …

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The Sunday Giveaway: The “Be a Broadway Star” Board Game!

After last week’s “10 Great Holiday Gifts” Blog, I got a lot of emails about my Be A Broadway Star board game.  Turns out, not as many of you knew about it as I thought! So, I thought I’d give one away! Be A Broadway Star is Broadway’s only board game.  It’s like Life meets Charades with a dash of Celebrity thrown in.  You round the board getting cast in shows, getting cut from shows, winning Tony Awards, and more. And at the end of the game, the person with the most fans wins! My favorite part of the game is the “Make or Break” cards. …

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